Climate change and possible collaboration: John kerry called Foraign Minister
Dhaka, 27 January 2021 :
US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry yesterday called the Foreign Minister Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen to discuss the global issue of climate change and the possible US-Bangladesh collaboration regarding it.
The Foreign Minister remembered the time tested US-Bangladesh relations and expressed the satisfaction of the Government of Bangladesh for the appointment of Kerry as Presidential Envoy. He recollected the vital contribution of Kerry towards the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and welcomed the decision of the US to return to the Paris Agreement. He described all the actions taken by the Government of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on mitigation, adaptation and measures to strengthen resilience. He also briefed all the current and future actions of CVF and the GCA Dhaka office.
Kerry recognized the extraordinary challenges faced by Bangladesh due to climate change and frequent natural disasters. He mentioned that the next COP26 might be our last chance to hit the target and assured US’ firm engagement to achieve it. He conveyed his greetings to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and assured the continued support of the US for various sectors and issues including the Rohingya crisis. He agreed that the international financial institutions could do more for the issue of climate change. He also opined that many countries were not responsible enough when it came to adequate mitigation and adaptation issues and their part of contribution. He also agreed with the Foreign Minister that displacement due to climate change would be a vital security issue for everybody. He emphasized using the current opportunities to maximize inclusion for as many people as possible. He also expressed his interest to be updated about the functions and priorities of the CVF and GCA.
Both of them agreed to work closely at COP26 and other multilateral platforms.